7. A Camera Worksheet Is Key
The best way to keep track of the many details that can get overlooked when planning to secure a facility with video is by using a simple camera worksheet. What is the objective of the camera? What is the brand and model? What lens is being used? Where is it to be located? How far does it need to detect? How will it be illuminated at night? It doesn’t need to be overly complex, but it will save hours of headaches by assuring you have all the pertinent details for each camera location. The other piece of this is to keep it updated. Although these types of tools are extremely important in the design phase, they are even more invaluable after you are months into the installation and the design makes some unanticipated changes.
8. Use A Camera Layout Tool
There are lots of different approaches to actually creating the final layout: the old T-square and triangle method, placing polygons on Google Earth, AutoCAD, PowerPoint, and vendor-specific tools. In all cases, the objective is to get a visual of the protection to be provided by a particular camera and by an entire perimeter layout. This layout can take into account the items talked about in this article and present them as a visual tool to facilitate responses to bids, discussions on budget, sensor selection, installation tradeoff considerations, and ultimately peace of mind that intended areas are fully covered.
The key to a good camera layout tool is one that takes into account the various aspects of the design (lens size, camera sensor, camera locations, blind zones), gives a good visual of the final design and allows for easy modification as plans change. Taking the time to find a layout tool that works for you can save you a vast amount of time during all phases of a perimeter protection project. There are many security product suppliers and consultants that have access to these tools and are willing to provide you layout advice at no charge, in exchange for a chance to win your business for this or future security needs.
Eric Olson is Vice President of Marketing at Phoenix-based video analytics developer PureTech Systems. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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